Neighborhood sees damage from chemical bottle bombs

By Andy Jenks bio | email
Posted by Shawn Maclauchlan

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Several neighbors in Chesterfield spent the weekend dodging so-called "bottle bombs."

It happened over two days, on the 1100 block of Westcreek Drive.

The recipe is right on the internet. Take a plastic bottle, fill it with some common household chemicals, shake it up and let it fly. The bomb leaves quite a mark.

Stacey Cazjkowski now has a nearly permanent reminder burned into her front yard.

"We heard what sounded like a firecracker, and since it happened the night before, we immediately came out and we saw something laying in the grass," said Stacey Czajkowski.

Friday and Saturday night, somebody drove through her Monacan Hills subdivision, and lobbed several makeshift bottle bombs at her house, and at least two others.

With the right mix of chemicals, they explode like bombs. The chemicals leave no doubt that they can be quite harmful.

Jacob Czajkowski discovered what was left of one of the bombs.

"From what I understand, I guess it just burns, obviously it did this to the grass, I guess it just burns  the grass right down to the ground," said Jacob Czajkowski.

So now Stacey's hoping to spread the word about this apparently random act of violence -- officially, a bombing investigation -- as Chesterfield police look for suspects.

"It makes me think, if they're doing this now and if they get some type of high or thrill from it, what might it lead them to? I guess you never know," said Stacey Czajkowski.

There is very little information on who might be responsible. Neighbors could only say the person was driving a red truck -- which won't narrow it down too much.

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